How To Install Aesthetically Pleasing Childproofing Latches

The newly appointed cleaning supplies cabinet in our laundry room didn’t have any kind of lock or latch on it, and with babies crawling around I didn’t want to take the risk of them getting into it. I needed a way to ward off those grabby baby hands!

Cabinet in question

The plastic child safety latches I have previous experience with attach with sticky tape, and they always fall off. I wanted a more permanent and more attractive solution.

I chose some medium sized chest latches from Home Depot. They are oil rubbed bronze and attach with 6 screws. They aren’t for heavy duty applications, but they seem to have worked for my needs.

Note: these latches are not meant for child safety and haven’t been tested for such use. However, I do like knowing that They won’t randomly fall off because the stickiness wore off. They are not intended to be a replacement for adult supervision, rather they are additional backup. I am not responsible for the safety of your children. You are. 🙂 I’m just showing you what I did.

The first thing I did was hold the latch up to the cabinet and decide where I wanted it to go. The latches go over the edge of the cabinet a little bit, but that’s okay.

Why do hands look weird in photos

I next marked where the screws would go by poking a marker into the screw holes and drawing dots on the cabinet.

Next, using my husbands drill without asking, I drilled pilot holes in each spot.

(Photos only show 4 holes, but there were actually six. Oops!)

Drilling pilot holes

After I drilled the pilot holes, I places the latch back onto the cabinet and centered it over the holes, and held it up with some pink washi tape.

(How’s that for a girly home improvement hack?)

Washi tape has many unexpected uses

Using an impact driver (again without asking) I drove the screws into the cabinet.

I recommend going slow and stopping before they are all completely tightned. I waited to finish tightening them until everything was in place to allow for some wiggle room and alignment.

Impact driver

You could probably use a handheld screw driver and that would reduce risk of splitting the cabinet wood and squishing the latch, but I didn’t have any problems.

I repeated these steps to attach the other aide of the latch.

Left side

Once it was up, I tested the door. It stayed closed but I can tell it’s not a super strong hold.

I decided to add a second set of latches to the bottom of the cabinet as well for extra strength.

Top and bottom

All done!

Seems to be working!

Yay it’s working!

I like how it turned out and it seems to be preventing little hands from opening the doors too much!

Take that, baby!

Some thing I observed after is worth noting but not huge deals:

The latch has a part that pokes out which makes it so that you can’t open or close only one door at a time. You have to close them both together to get it to line up right.

See that sticky out part?

Not a big deal.

These are definitely not impenetrable (I doubt any latch is against a stubborn toddler) and with enough force I do fear they might pop off or break the cabinet, but the amount of strength a baby or young toddler can muster probably won’t affect them at all.

I like it

I call that a win!

I think I’ll go add some to the kitchen cabinet too!

I try to be funny

That’s it! Pretty easy diy today, I hope you like it!

Friendly reminder that no child proofing measure is a replacement for responsible attention from a parent.

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